TEC The Enabling Company GmbH

TEC The Enabling Company GmbH (“TEC”) is responsible for establishing and continuously developing investments in companies via media-for-equity models. This form of collaboration focuses on companies and start-ups offering high-quality consumer goods that will interest and inspire readers and users of BurdaVerlag media brands. The TEC team advises and supports them with comprehensive and customised media services that help them to acquire new customers and build their brands. Food, Health and Beauty are particular areas of interest. TEC places great value on long-term collaborative relationships with these companies.

TEC serves as their interface to publishing companies within BurdaVerlag to ensure their products are marketed to individual target groups in the best possible way. Tests are conducted to make sure the products are the right fit for Hubert Burda Media. Successful collaborations include the coffee supplier Roastmarket.de and Vicampo.de, a marketplace for wine. The shares in Vicampo GmbH were sold in summer 2021 after around 5 years of fruitful partnership. The stake in Roast Market GmbH was expanded to around 28 percent in summer 2021.

Managing director

Matthias Kohtes, managing director The Enabling Company

Executive Board Member

Philipp Welte was born in 1962 and trained as a newspaper journalist. After studying political science and empirical cultural studies at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, he became a freelance journalist. In 1992, he moved to Leipzig to work at MDR, a public service broadcaster that was being developed as part of the ARD network.

He joined Hubert Burda Media in 1994 as head of communications. In late 1998, as managing director, he assumed responsibility for Bunte magazine. It was in this capacity that he launched the German edition of InStyle in 1999, the world’s first franchise of the successful US brand. He also founded the Burda People Group, which encompassed the STARnetONE entertainment unit in Berlin – the unit that produces Bambi, Europe’s most important media award.

In late 2006, Welte moved to Axel Springer, where he was appointed CEO of Bild T-Online AG in 2007 and became responsible for what is now Bild.de. In early 2008, he was named Chief Marketing Officer and managed Axel Springer Media Impact, the emerging multi-channel marketer. At the end of 2008, he was appointed to the Hubert Burda Media management board and has been in charge of the corporation’s national publishing business ever since.

Division The Enabling Company (TEC)
Managing directors Burkhard Graßmann, Matthias Kohtes
Location Hamburg
Contact Info.Tec@burda.com